Springbok Ruben Kruger's widow finds love again after 10 years

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Ruben Kruger, Lize Kruger
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  • Lize Kruger is happy and in love again, ten years after the death of her husband - Springbok rugby player, Ruben Kruger.
  • Ruben died in 2010 at the age of 39, after being diagnosed with brain cancer shortly after his rugby career ended in 1999.
  • "So yes, there is someone special in my life - but there is no talk of marriage, okay," she said about the budding romance.


Lize Kruger is happy and in love again, ten years after the death of her husband - Springbok rugby player, Ruben Kruger. 

The celebrated athlete was named SA Rugby Player of the Year in 1995. The same season the South African team won the Rugby World Cup for the first time.

Ruben died in 2010 at the age of 39, after being diagnosed with brain cancer in 2000, shortly after his rugby career ended in 1999.

According to Health24 after the initial surgery to remove the tumour "seemed to be a success," the tumour resurfaced a few years later. 

Lize and Ruben were high school sweethearts who married at 23. In an interview with YOU, she said Ruben was her "first love". 

Now, Lize has found love again and is excited about a second chance at romance. 

Last year Lize, who now resides in America, crossed paths with a Pretorian businessman, who she had met before in South Africa.

The man, who she prefers to keep anonymous, was in New York at the time and the pair had their first date at a cafe, under the Brooklyn Bridge.

"So yes, there is someone special in my life - but there is no talk of marriage, okay," she told YOU magazine about the budding romance. 

Lize and her two daughters spent the national lockdown in South Africa, where she also had the chance to get to know her boyfriend better. 

"Love happens by itself," she said, adding that she might be spending more time in South Africa, given the exciting turn in her love life. 

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: Ruben Kruger’s widow celebrates finding new love and life in America

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